Monday, July 23, 2012


How far along? 40 weeks 4 flipping days
Her size: Baby girl is the size of a baby that needs to get out get out get out!!!
Total weight gain:  +0.6 lbs this weight gain of 30.6lbs 
Running/Races?  Still going out on my power walks hoping to get things going, although I do have contractions the whole time, they never seem to amount to much.  I watched some of my favorite ladies run the Clam Festival 5 mile classic this past weekend.  It was the first time I've missed it in 5 years…kind of made me sad but I'll be back next year (Who wants to watch Harper so I can run while the mailman delivers the mail??) 
Stretch marks? None! It's a miracle!
Sleep: Sucks.  Period end of story.  At this point it's just not comfortable any way you slice it, I do the best I can to get as much sleep as possible though, I know soon enough I'll be trading no sleep due to belly for no sleep due to baby.
Best moment this week: LAST DAY OF WORK!! Friday was my last day of work until after my maternity leave.  I said I wanted to work until the very end and I made it to 41 weeks 1 day…feel free to clap, I was pretty impressed too :) 
Miss Anything? Trying not to miss anything and just savor these last few days of pregnancy
Movement: Still rocking and rolling, although she's been a bit quieter the past day or two. Resting for a long tough journey perhaps??
Food cravings: Watermelon and grape nut icecream
Anything making you queasy or sick: Just the usual suspects, I'm hoping these food aversions disappear pretty quickly, I really do miss chicken!
Gender: GIRL! 
Labor Signs: At my 41 week appointment I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced, contractions come and go as they please, not yet regular enough to time.
There are signs of things happening down there so it's just a matter now of if they happen fast enough before the Dr's step in later this week.  
Belly Button in or out? sigh...the turkey is done
Wedding rings on or off? miracle of miracles they're still on!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Emotionally I had a pretty rough week.  I've done amazingly well keeping these darn hormones in check throughout this entire pregnancy but being overdue…they just got the best of me.  I've bounced back to my happy self though, now that there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
Looking forward to: Meeting this little girl once and for all.  I've seen her on the ultrasound screen and in 3D enough times, I'm ready for the real thing!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Week 4-0

I'm of the opinion that when you are past your due date and it's 89 degrees out you have earned the right to rock a bikini in public

Our last beach day as a duo...maybe??

How far along? 40 weeks 3 days (I was really hoping to NOT write this post!!)
Her size: Baby girl is the size of a baby that needs to vacate the premises!
Total weight gain:  +1.4 lbs this weight gain of 30lbs on the nose
Running/Races?  Hustled my pregnant behind around the track on Tuesday 2.5 miles and have been on countless walks since then trying to kick start some productive contractions...I'd guess I probably logged at least 10 miles of walking this week
Stretch marks? None!
Sleep: Sleep is still a bit hit or miss, it's getting more difficult to roll over hauling this belly with me, but I still feel like I'm getting a fair amount of sleep 
Best moment this week: Hands down my maternity massage! They have a pillow that allowed me to lay on my belly for the first time in months...not going to lie, I fell asleep and woke myself up with a little snore hahaha.  
Miss Anything? I've been told I will miss my belly when this is all over...I'm looking forward to testing that theory :)
Movement: She's still having regular dance parties in there, but as space is at a premium those parties are becoming increasingly more uncomfortable for mama
Food cravings: Food is pretty hit or miss for me right now, most days I'm just not interested in it
Anything making you queasy or sick: Food in general (see above)
Gender: GIRL! 
Labor Signs: Ahhh yes the million dollar question...I am officially the watched pot that has yet to boil! I've had contractions off and on (nothing regular) since last Friday, only this morning did I have one that stopped me dead in my tracks....stay tuned.
Symptoms: Aside from the contractions that I've been having, she is definitely sitting lower and my appetite is out the window... 
Belly Button in or out? sigh...the turkey is done
Wedding rings on or off? miracle of miracles they're still on!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy...with a side of impatience....
Looking forward to: Not working anymore (yes I am stilllll working) and getting this show on the road!!! Here's to hoping there is NO

41 week update!!!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Week 39

How far along? 39 weeks 4 days
Her size: Baby girl is the size of COME OUT ALREADY!
Total weight gain:  +1.0 lbs this week 28.6lbs total
Running/Races?  Worked out at the gym a few times, did a lot of walking.  If I thought I got funny looks when I was 6 months pregnant, it's down right hilarious now!  It's not as easy to get it in these days with the heat but I'm still doing my best :)
Stretch marks? None...yet (knocking really hard on wood!)
Sleep: Sleep has been better this week but it's come with a price....for Shaun.  I found him on the couch this morning and when I woke him up and asked him why he was out there he said "Because you were snoring SO LOUD!!!"  Now, I'm not a snorer typically (that's HIS territory) so I felt bad, but as Shaun said "if you're snoring, you're sleeping which is a step up from last week" there you have it, sorry bout your luck hun.
Best moment this week: Another great weekend for the books! Luckily the little lady stayed put so mamma could go to her friend Jamie's wedding! Shaun was working so I went with another couple, it was a great night filled with trackie love! Imagine my surprise when my handsome husband surprised me at the reception just in time for the anniversary dance!  We took advantage of the GORGEOUS weather on Sunday for what we assume will be our last relaxing day at the beach for a looooong time, lol.  I couldn't have asked for a better, more relaxing day with my husband.  I COULD, however, have done a little better job applying sunscreen --> OUCH!
Miss Anything? My beautiful slim ankles ;)
Movement:  All the time, I'm hoping it's her packing up and getting ready to leave.
Food cravings: Fresh fruit and veggies, Dunkin Donuts frozen lemonade/ice tea
Anything making you queasy or sick: I ate chicken THREE times this week...Shaun is beside himself with delight at the prospect of chicken making it's way back into the weekly meal rotation.
Gender: GIRL! 
Labor Signs: At my 38 week appt her head was +2 station and my cervix was thinned....which tells me absolutely nothing. Every woman is different and progresses at a different rate, sooooo we'll see.
Symptoms: Some cramping off and on and I'm definitely feeling her movements lower than before so I'm hoping that means she's headed in the right direction. Oh yeah and let's not forget those cankles (thank you heat)!
Belly Button in or out? sigh...the turkey is done
Wedding rings on or off? miracle of miracles they're still on!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy...excited...nervous...<--yes, still that
Looking forward to: Everyone keeps asking me if I'm ready...well yes and no.  I have had a great pregnancy and I know in some strange ways I'll miss it when it's over.  I'm more than happy to keep her on the inside until she's ready to come out...let's face it, they're really easy to take care of in there! On the other hand I just want to get the show on the road already!!! At the end of the day we are so so excited to 
lay eyes on our sweet baby girl!

Let's hope my next post is one filled with pictures of the new arrival!

Monday, July 2, 2012


Sweet baby girl,
It's finally JULY, the month of your birth!!!!  It feels like it was just yesterday the Dr gave me your expected due date of July 12 but at the same time it feels like I've been waiting FOREVER to meet you!  Your room is ready, our hospital bag is packed and your daddy and I are about as ready as we're ever going to be...all we need now is you!  
I saw you on an ultrasound this morning and you looked pretty content in there, all cozied up with your hand  resting on your cheek...just know that when you're ready, there are an awful lot of people out here who already love you SO much and can't wait to meet you..<3

Your momma

Week 38

How far along? 38 weeks 4 days
Her size: Baby girl is the size of a watermelon
Total weight gain:  +1.6 lbs this week 27.6lbs total
Running/Races?  Not going to lie, I was kind of a slug this week. One session on the treadmill and one 4 mile walk and that was about it.  I'd like to say I'll do better this week but I'm cutting myself some slack so if I don't...well I don't :)
Stretch marks? Still lucking out in this area...doesn't mean it can't/won't happen
Sleep: No bueno
Best moment this week: I had quite a few great moments this weekend.  Hubby all but finished our new deck, and then lots and lots of sister time! Saturday I got my toes beautified and labor ready with Kim and Madison and then Sunday spent the afternoon catching up with Stacey, Mariel and Conor <3
Miss Anything? You think I could squeeze in just one more night of solid sleep before the big day??
Movement:  All the time.  Even though she's getting a bit cramped in there she still likes to try and stretch out her legs so it's not uncommon to see a heel poking out of the side of my belly :)
Food cravings: Orange Juice please and thank you and veggies on the grill
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing really, in fact are ready for this??? I ate chicken this week!!! Hooray for small victories!
Gender: GIRL! 
Labor Signs: None (tick tick tick)
Symptoms: Some swelling due to the heat but that's about it.  
Belly Button in or out? sigh...the turkey is done
Wedding rings on or off? ON...but that may change because of the weather
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy...excited...nervous...
Looking forward to: Jamie and Nate's wedding this Saturday! (I hope I make it!)